Brooks, Nesbit Announce State Support for Mercer County’s Ohle Road Bridge

HARRISBURG (Nov. 12, 2019)  Sen. Michele Brooks and Rep. Tedd Nesbit announced that a $120,671 grant was approved to replace the Ohle Road Bridge in Perry Township, Mercer County.

The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) approved the grant this morning, from the Multi-Modal Transportation Fund. These funds will be used to replace the Ohle Road Bridge over the Little Shenango River with an aluminum box culvert, and straighten part of the roadway leading to the bridge, both of which will enhance the safety of the area.

“I want to thank the township supervisors and the secretary for their hard work in submitting this application,” Brooks said.  “We were happy to partner with them.”

“The bridge in its current condition is crumbling, and the curve of the roadway leading to the bridge restricts the view of drivers as they approach it, which was believed to have contributed to the tragic death of a pedestrian years ago,” Brooks added. “The bridge is so narrow that it is also difficult for school buses to cross and for snow plows to clear the roadway in the wintertime.” 

“This is great news for our district,” said Nesbit. “I wholeheartedly support this bridge replacement project and was happy to help advocate for this funding, which will help enhance the safety of motorists and pedestrians in Perry Township.” 

“These key improvements will ensure that the residents of Perry Township, local farmers, visitors to Lake Wilhelm at Goddard State Park, and every driver and pedestrian will have a strong, dependable structure to travel,” Brooks said. “This important investment in our critical infrastructure provides vital pathways through our communities for local families and businesses.”

 

Contact:           Diane McNaughton                            (717) 787-1322                        dmmcnaughton@pasen.gov